Airfoil catalogue for wind turbine blades with OpenFOAM

Donisi, Lorenzo and Sorribes Palmer, Félix and Pindado Carrion, Santiago and Figueroa, Antonio and Franchini, Sebastian Nicolás and Ogueta-Gutierrez, Mikel and Pérez-Álvarez, Javier and Gómez Ortega, Omar (2017). Airfoil catalogue for wind turbine blades with OpenFOAM. In: "3rd International Conference on Multiscale Computational Methods for Solids and Fluids", 20-22 Sep 2017, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

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Title: Airfoil catalogue for wind turbine blades with OpenFOAM
Author/s:
  • Donisi, Lorenzo
  • Sorribes Palmer, Félix
  • Pindado Carrion, Santiago
  • Figueroa, Antonio
  • Franchini, Sebastian Nicolás
  • Ogueta-Gutierrez, Mikel
  • Pérez-Álvarez, Javier
  • Gómez Ortega, Omar
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: 3rd International Conference on Multiscale Computational Methods for Solids and Fluids
Event Dates: 20-22 Sep 2017
Event Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Title of Book: ECCOMAS MSF 2017 : 3rd International Conference on Multiscale Computational Methods for Solids and Fluids
Date: September 2017
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Wind Turbine Blade, Airfoil Catalogue, Turbulence Models, CFD, OpenFOAM, Wind Tunnel Test
Faculty: Instituto de Microgravedad Ignacio Da Riva (UPM)
Department: Aeronaves y Vehículos Espaciales
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

A methodology to efficiently simulate wind tunnel tests of several airfoils with OpenFOAM has been developed in this work. This methodology bridges OpenFOAM capabilities with Matlab postprocessing to analyse efficiently the performance of wind turbine airfoils at any angle of attack. This technique has been developed to reduce the cost, in terms of time and resources, of wind tunnel campaigns on wind turbine blade airfoils. Different turbulence models were used to study the behaviour of the airfoils near stall. Wind turbine airfoils need to be characterized for all possible angles of attack, in order to reproduce the real aerodynamic patterns during operation. Unfortunately, this situation is translated into a huge demand of wind tunnel testing resources, airfoil manufacturing and data post-processing. The high costs in terms of experimental measurements have encouraged many researches to elaborate airfoil catalogues by performing CFD simulations.Results are compared with a testing campaign on wind turbine airfoils aerodynamics run at AB6 wind tunnel of IDR/UPM located at the campus Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Madrid, Spain), this tunnel being particularly suited for bi-dimensional applications. It is an open wind tunnel with a test section of 2.5 x 0.5 m, the turbulence intensity is under 3% at a Reynolds number of Re ∼= 5×105. The central part of the airfoil mock-ups were built with a 3D printer Additive Fused Deposition Modelling technology (FDM). Simulation results show a fair agreement with experiments, and helped to improve the performance of the wind tunnel.

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Item ID: 49900
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/49900/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:49900
Official URL: http://www.eccomas.org/cvdata/cntr1/spc14/dtos/img/mdia/MSF-2017.pdf
Deposited by: Biblioteca ETSI Aeronauticos
Deposited on: 23 Mar 2018 10:36
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2018 06:30
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